This wholegrain, yeast-free bread, that is made with health giving soya milk, is best eaten on the day but makes good toast the day after.
Serves 2 people.
To make one loaf you will need:
- 8 oz, 225 g, of wholemeal, strong bread flour.
- 8 oz, 225 g, of plain, strong,, white, bread flour.
- 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda.
- 1 tsp of salt.
- 10 fl.oz, 300 ml, or half a pint of unsweetened soya milk.
- a little extra flour to coat your tin and worktop.
- Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 7, 425 f, 220 c, 200 fan.
Lightly grease a large baking sheet, then coat the surface evenly with a very small amount of flour, tipping off any excess.
You will feel a powdery surface on the base of your tin, which will prevent the loaf sticking to it during cooking.
- Sift both flours into a large mixing bowl, being sure to add all the grains left behind in the sieve too!
- Add the salt and bicarbonate of soda and mix together well.
- Pour in the soya milk.
- Stir with a flat bladed knife and the mixture will form a ball in your bowl.
- Knead your dough for a minute or so.
Flour your worktop, shape the dough into a ball, then flatten the top slightly.
Make a cross in the top of the bread with a small sharp knife, make one slit running from top to bottom and the other from side to side, but only cut down through to half the depth of the dough.
This will divide your loaf into four nice crusty sections.
- Place the bread on your prepared baking sheet.
- Cook just above the centre of the oven for 40 to 50 minutes.
When it’s ready it will be brown, firm to the touch and hollow when you tap the base.
Place the loaf on a wire rack to cool.
Why not serve this bread, sliced, and spread with melted goats cheese for added flavour?
Simply thinly slice your goats cheese, place it evenly over the bread and toast under a medium grill until the cheese has just melted and is starting to bubble.
Remove from the heat immediately, and eat straight away with a crisp mixed salad.
Soya milk is said to help reduce cholesterol levels and be beneficial in safeguarding against cancer and the symptoms of the menopause.